The 150thAnniversary of the Death of Charles Dickens
I am privileged to have taken part in the collaboration with the Medway Council, Rochester Art Gallery and Medway Print Festival honouring the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s death and documenting the Victorian culture and tradition of dealing with death.
The dates of the exhibition have been postponed to 2021 due to Covid 19 restrictions.
Three of my original linocut prints are going to be exhibited in the Rochester Art Gallery, one of which has been published in a commemorative edition of the first part of the Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
My Linocut Print ‘Two Angels Gone To God’.
Two Angels Gone To God
This linocut print depicts the Victorian tradition of photographing dead loved ones ie. memento mori.. In the centre is a distraught husband with his dead wife and child on his lap. In the background there are examples of Victorian traditions in death eg. covering mirrors and windows and the style of their dress. For our modern eyes this appears gruesome and morbid but was common practice then.